British cat owners do not feel responsible for their cats killing wildlife
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Cat looking at bird outside

British cat owners have a variety of responses to their cat’s hunting behaviour. Some are very concerned about the impact that their cat makes on wildlife through hunting. Others are less concerned. However, both groups prioritise the welfare of their … please continue reading

The true story of the extinction of New Zealand’s Stephens Island Wren by feral cats
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Stephens Island and the Wren

Cats – domestic, stray and, at the end of the day, feral – caused the extinction of the Stephens Island Wren, a small, flightless bird. It took under two years. Yes, cats made this bird extinct in around 20 months. … please continue reading

Great. Bird lovers work with cat lovers to get accurate data on feral cats preying on birds
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Stray cat in Washington DC caught in camera trap for nee study

For years they have been at each other’s throats arguing about how many birds cats kill annually. Bird lovers say 4 billion birds are killed by cats each year in the USA, many of which are native species. Cat lovers … please continue reading

Picture of tabby cat and his killed pigeon
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Cat hunting birds

This is a high quality picture of my cat and the pigeon that he killed while I was out at the gym. He kills pigeons by suffocating them with a throat bite much like lions killing large prey. Usually domestic … please continue reading

Birds Are Not More Important Than Cats
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Birds are not more important than cats

Libby Watson writing on splinternews.com coins a term which I like: birdheads. It’s a derivation of ‘petrolheads’ (car lovers) and it is very apt. It applies to ornithologists and people such as Jonathan Franzen, an American novelist and essayist, who … please continue reading